roopa vasudevan is an american artist, creative coder, and researcher, currently based in new york, NY and shanghai, china. her work has been exhibited internationally, and has been featured on reuters, pbs newshour, slate, the huffington post, hyperallergic, jezebel, complex, PSFK, the FADER, and more, as well as on american, french and german television.
roopa’s work explores the influence and impact that our increasingly digital and tech-reliant way of life has on culture, politics, and real world behaviors. she is interested in how computer programs can expose patterns and biases in our collective thinking to create new awareness and understanding of the ways our smallest actions affect the larger scope of our lives. her most recent installation, “#bellwether”, is an examination of ohio voter sentiment extracted from twitter posts during the 2016 united states presidential primaries, which debuted in cleveland, oh, during the 2016 republican national convention (as part of the SPACES world artists program) and was most recently shown in brussels to coincide with the general election. in 2016, roopa was also an inaugural participant in china residencies’ #slowtrain digital residency, continuing an ongoing series of algorithmically generated portraits while in transit on the trans-siberian railway from moscow to beijing. recent projects also include “HANDS UP”, a collaborative work made with videographer atif ateeq that uses a technological simulation of a police encounter to explore the relationship between law enforcement and people of color in the US, and “grillz”, a programmatic examination of wealth disparity present in the lyrical language of mainstream american hip-hop.
roopa holds a BA in film studies from columbia university, and an MPS from NYU's interactive telecommunications program (ITP), where she also served as a post-graduate research fellow during 2013-2014. she is a member of the flux factory artist collective and community (based in queens, NY) and is currently an assistant arts professor of interactive media arts at NYU shanghai.